'''Zolpidem''', sold as the brand name '''Ambien''' among others,Drugs.com [http://www.drugs.com/international/zolpidem.html International listings for zolpidem] Page accessed Feb 23, 2016 is a sedative
primarily used for the treatment of insomnia|trouble sleeping
. It usually works within 15 minutes, and has a short Elimination half-life|half-life
of two to three hours. Zolpidem has not adequately demonstrated effectiveness in maintaining sleep, unless delivered in a controlled-release (CR) form. However, it is effective in initiating sleep. Its hypnotic effects are similar to those of the benzodiazepine
class of drugs.
In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration
required manufacturers to decrease the recommended dose for women by half, after studies showed that the medicines can leave people drowsy in the morning and at risk for motor vehicle collision
s. The FDA recommended that manufacturers extend the new dosage cuts to men as well, who...